needn't be afraid of me. I'll help you if you've been
on the square. If you haven't, you still needn't fear me, for I won't
peach on you. What is it? Tell me."
The youth was on the point of unburdening his soul to this stranger
with the kindly voice and the honest eyes; but a sudden fear stayed his
tongue. If he told all it would be necessary to reveal certain details
that he could not bring himself to reveal to anyone, and so he commenced
with his introduction to the wayfarers in the deserted hay barn. Briefly
he told of the attack upon him, of his shooting of Dopey Charlie, of the
flight and pursuit. "And now," he said in conclusion, "that you know I'm
a murderer I suppose you won't have any more to do with me, unless you
turn me over to the authorities to hang." There was almost a sob in his
voice, so real was his terror.
The man threw an arm across his companion's shoulder. "Don't worry,
kid," he said. "You're not a murderer even if you did kill Dopey
Charlie, which I hope you did. You're a benefactor of the human race.
I have known Charles for years. He should have been killed long since.
Furthermore, as you shot in self defence no jury would convict you.
I fear, however, that you didn't kill him. You say you could hear his
screams as long as you were within earshot of the barn--dead men don't
scream, you know."
"How did you know my name?" asked the youth.
"I don't," replied the man.
"But you called me 'Kid' and that's my name--I'm The Oskaloosa Kid."
The man was glad that the darkness hid his smile of amusement. He knew
The Oskaloosa Kid well, and he knew him as an ex-pug with a pock marked
face, a bullet head, and a tin ear. The flash of lightning had revealed,
upon the contrary, a slender boy with smooth skin, an oval face, and
large dark eyes.
"Ah," he said, "so you are The Oskaloosa Kid! I am delighted, sir,
to make your acquaintance. Permit me to introduce myself: my name is
Bridge. If James were here I should ask him to mix one of his famous
cocktails that we might drink to our mutual happiness and the longevity
of our friendship."
"I am glad to know you, Mr. Bridge," said the youth. "Oh, I can't tell
you how glad I am to know you. I was so lonely and so afraid," and he
pressed closer to the older man whose arm still
Tarzan explained to his companions the purpose of his mission but neither could give him any slightest thread of hope to weave into the fabric of his longing.Page 23
Just where her father and brothers would watch she did not know.Page 29
Presently Om-at spoke.Page 30
I owe you nothing.Page 37
"Tarzan-jad-guru! He was worse than that.Page 40
She moved along to another recess and still another, but all were alike in the accumulated filth.Page 46
He watched it intently as it rose higher and higher until he was able to distinguish.Page 62
Finally, just before dawn, he relinquished his immediate effort and sought rest in a friendly tree crotch in the safety of the middle terrace.Page 66
It seemed, too, equally futile to pit his puny knife against this frightful creature.Page 78
Doubtless he even discussed such matters with their god daily.Page 91
Close to the farther door and half hidden by the warriors who stood before him was Lu-don, the high priest.Page 115
"Tell me," he said, "what you know of the rumors of which O-lo-a spoke of the mysterious stranger which is supposed to be hidden in A-lur.Page 135
The time that it had taken him to acquire definite knowledge concerning the secret passageway between the temple and the city he did not count as lost, though he begrudged every instant that kept him from the prosecution of his main objective.Page 140
You will find Mo-sar a kind master if you do his bidding," and thinking to make a good impression on her he removed the gag from her mouth and the thongs from her wrists, knowing well that she could not escape surrounded as she was by his warriors, and presently, when they were out on the lake, she would be as safely imprisoned as though he held her behind bars.Page 179
And then he entered to find the seemingly lifeless body of his mate stretched upon the floor.Page 185
Lu-don, through his priests and slaves, circulated the information that Jad-ben-Otho had commanded all his faithful followers to flock to the standard of the high priest at A-lur and that all others were cursed, especially Ja-don and the base impostor who had posed as the Dor-ul-Otho.Page 198
"Quick, master, quick," he cried, "the corridors are filled with the.Page 210
They rested for a day among the Kor-ul-JA while Jane investigated the ancient caves of these strange people and then they moved on, avoiding the rugged shoulder of Pastar-ul-ved and winding down the opposite slope toward the great morass.Page 214